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Kenya: Governor Mutua Survives Drowning in Flooded River

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Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua was on Friday morning rescued from a collapsed bridge in Kisii county.

Governor Mutua and Kisii deputy Governor Joash Maangi were touring Ogembo area when a bridge they were standing on collapsed.

The governor and other officials fell into the water but were rescued by their aides.

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A Kenyan journalist was also injured during the incident.

The bridge at Nyabisiongororo village was built by funds from the local Constituency Development Funds (CDF) kitty and had a welded steel sheet floor.

Kisii County Commander Hassan Abdi has confirmed the incident. He told Newsmen that the crowd may have been heavier than the allowed weight.

Kisii County deputy Communications Director Maseme Machuka said the leaders were not injured.

Governor Mutua is in Kisii county on an official visit.

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President Museveni Orders Refund of Mobile Money ‘Error’ Tax in Uganda

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President Yoweri Museveni has ordered the refunding of 1% percent mobile money tax paid by Ugandans.

In a statement issued on a social media platform , Museveni insists that the 1 per cent tax which he ordered to be reduced to 0.5 percent last week was passed in error and he signed the bill knowing it had an error.

The mobile money tax and social media tax which triggered massive outcry were effected at the start of 2018/19 financial year.

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“I signed the law with the error because we could not delay the other measures. However, parliament, when it reconvenes, will be requested to correct it. The ones whose deductions had been made on the basis of 1% should have their money reimbursed,” said Museveni.

Apart from salary earners and those who use banks, Museveni said the earnings of many other Ugandans are not known. He revealed that each day, $52 million moves around in the form of mobile money that translates into $19 billion a year.

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Egypt: 37 persons bag jail terms over illicit human organ trade

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For illegally trafficking in human organs, an Egyptian court has sentenced 37 people to prison terms ranging from three to 15 years.

The rulings which took place on Thursday in Cairo Criminal Court, reported by the state-run Al Ahram newspaper, sentenced six people to 15 years, 11 to seven years and 20 to three years while three people were acquitted.

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The sentences can be appealed.

An investigation found that doctors, medical workers and intermediaries were involved in multiple incidents of illicit organ transplants and harvesting of human organs.

The probe found that the defendants exploited poor Egyptians who sold their organs.

Egypt prohibits the sale of human organs under a 2010 law but some Egyptians, driven by poverty, offer to sell theirs to make ends meet.

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